Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Erda's Warning

"Weiche, Wotan!" -- If you don't know why Wotan must "beware", then you haven't been paying attention.

From Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold, the Met, conducted by James Levine. Birgitta Svenden is Erda, and James Morris is Wotan.
Wie alles war - weiss ich;
wie alles wird,
wie alles sein wird, -
seh' ich auch,
der ew'gen Welt
Erda, mahnt deinen Mut.
Drei der Töchter,
gebar mein Schoss;
was ich sehe,
sagen dir nächtlich die Nornen.
Doch höchste Gefahr
führt mich heut'
selbst zu dir her.
Höre! Höre! Höre!
Alles was ist, endet.
Ein düst'rer Tag
dämmert den Göttern:
dir rat' ich, meide den Ring!

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